We want to prevent accidents and keep the public safe along our beautiful Jurassic Coast. We trialled the use of 5G to transmit life-saving information to connected signs. The messaging includes tide times, water conditions and water quality plus information about currents. This is displayed in an easy to read style and updated in some cases from live 5G-connected data feeds.
The signs also include safety information from the RNLI and local interest information from landowners and Visit Dorset. The connected signs can even relay live visitor information, such as footfall, back to emergency services.
The signs are currently installed at Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Ringstead.
Connected signage is also capable of displaying video content such as safety videos or web cam feeds from the beach so in future versions of the sign content, tourists will be able to make an informed decision about whether an area is too busy before leaving the car park.
It is hoped that the digital signs will inform, save lives and prevent accidents.
High footfall trigger
We have implemented footfall counting as part of the digital signage deployment. This involves signalling built into the signage which could trigger an alert to the council and emergency services. This information can then be used to implement crowd control measures in a more proactive way.
Surf Condition Monitoring Buoys
In order to provide a sea condition monitoring system designed to help save lives, we have deployed a low-profile 5G enabled buoy in Lulworth Cove.
This buoy uses the improved data communication speeds and bandwidth of 5G networks to communicate regular updates about sea conditions.
As well as 5G network connectivity, the buoy has a sensor pack onboard that collects real-time data that includes tide height, wave height and frequency, and current strength and direction. This data is transferred to the onshore 5G network and displayed on the connected signs deployed as part of the project.
With detailed and real-time sea condition information easily accessible to multiple users, the objective is to reduce risk to life – to stop people becoming involved in an unsafe situation in or near the sea, and to aid emergency services when performing any life-saving operations.